“Our house is a very, very, very fine house, with two dogs in the yard, life used to be so hard, now everything is easy cause of you…..”

I have loved that Crosby Stills and Nash song for as long as I can remember and tonight as I left the House, I kept thinking about the meaning of that song and how much it resonated with me after a night of volunteering. I had to change the cats to dogs because tonight we had not one, but two therapy dogs in the House! McNugget and Sadie were on hand with their handlers to share some doggie love with our families. (Ok, and with me too!)

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RMHC is participating in the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s annual Festival of Trees & Music concert series event taking place November 13-23 at the Conservatory’s historic McIntosh|Goodrich Mansion. The event will feature dozens of student recitals, daily headliners, and more than twenty five trees decorated by local businesses and organizations including an RMHC themed Christmas tree.

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It is bittersweet for the Secret Garden Master Gardeners when our outdoor season comes to a close. We have planted, nurtured and tended to each little leaf. Stephen, our art therapist, tells me we learn to say hello, and we must learn to say good-bye.

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Hi Friends,

I don’t know about you, but has it been really hard to get out of bed lately? It’s been colder and my bed feels so cozy and warm. For a puppy, there’s really no reason to get going in the morning, other than to go potty. And that’s no fun anymore. My paws get wet and cold and my potty spot is covered with leaves. I don’t even like to go outside when it rains. I’ll hold it for hours and hours! Human mom gets worried and thinks there is something wrong with me. She puts my sister’s pink raincoat on me and throws me out the door. I stand there in the rain looking at her in pure betrayal, and then I give in. I scramble to my potty spot as fast as I can before any of the neighborhood dogs see me sporting my girly rain attire.

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It’s Halloween time! That means it’s time to stop apple picking and head to the pumpkin patch. RMHC would like to share some easy Halloween crafts for kids that are both fun and affordable.

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On October 15, RMHC is excited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia, Pa. The story dates back to 1974 when Philadelphia Eagles’ player Fred Hill, decided to come up with a solution to camping out on hospital chairs while his 3-year-old daughter Kim was being treated for leukemia. After connecting with other families at St. Christopher’s Hospital For Children, Hill discovered many families traveled great distances to bring their children in for medical treatments.

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Good advice: make the best of the situation! That is what I see our families doing everyday at the Ronald McDonald House. With courage and resilience, they navigate through this difficult time in their lives, which have been turned upside down. They are away from their home and the people they love; they are each fighting for the best for each other. Every volunteer and staff member at the House is dedicated to making the House a “home away from home,” a place where families can find comfort.

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As summer comes to an end, I’ve found myself dreading the looming winter ahead. As some Wisconsinites do, I quiver over the thought of bone chilling temperatures and treacherous driving, but as the Family Meals Coordinator at RMHC, I am also quite saddened to see the Tosa Farmers Market come to a close on Saturday, October 18.

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More than 200  guests from the community are expected to be in attendance to celebrate the grand opening of the newly expanded Ronald McDonald House tomorrow, Tuesday, September 23 including local dignitaries, Children’s Hospital executives, donors, volunteers and families..  The ribbon cutting event completes an eighteen-month construction project that nearly doubled the size of the existing House.  With the expansion completed, the House will feature 70 guest rooms along with remodeled and expanded common facilities including a music therapy room, a fitness center, study rooms and new kitchens for families, as well as the Family Meal program.
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On September 20th we will hold our 30th Anniversary Celebration in the newly expanded Ronald McDonald House!  Over 400 people have already registered for what will surely be one of our most exciting events.  Taking place on three floors in our new expansion wing, the event will feature food stations highlighting regional dishes from some of our guests’ home towns.  We’ve had so much interest in this event that registration is now closed, however we are currently compiling a waitlist.  If you would like to be added to the list please contact Judy McGauran at (414) 475-0263.


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